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Columbus, OH 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 through Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Heartland Farm BeginningsĀ® is a year-long, farmer-led training and support program designed to help early career farmers committed to creating a sustainable farm business achieve their goals. This intensive, eight-part workshop series will enable farmers with at least one year of production experience to develop a whole farm plan that encompasses realistic goal setting, financial management, and assessment of resources, skills, and markets. Early career farmers will also receive the business planning tools necessary to successfully implement their plan. In addition to the course work, the program includes 2019 conference registration and a mentorship for March through November upon successful completion of the course.

Cost and Registration: $1,000 by August 17, $1,200 by September 21. Pre-registration is required for the entire series.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours.

Location:
OEFFA
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/farmbeginnings

 

Hosted by MSU Student Organic Farm 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
1:00pm to 5:00pm

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Learn how to build a greens bubbler and how to convert a new washing machine into a greens dryer. This will be a hands-on opportunity where you will assist in building each of these for the wash station used by beginning farmers at this incubator farm. Please bring your own lunch, as lunch will NOT be provided.

Speakers: Scott Townley from Green Wagon Farm and David Chickering from the MSU Student Organic Farm

Cost: Sliding Scale $30 to $75 (Please see the registration link for more information).

To Register for this workshop please visit the following link: http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/ffs-registration.html

Video links provided by Farmer Field School, Student Organic Farm (MSU):

Here is a video link of how a greens dryer washing machine could work - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFcbs9p3gqY (NOTE: the greens are being taken out of a bubbler tanks then go into a washing machine greens dryer)

Here is an Urban Farmer video on a greens bubbler - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoF70EBTBwU

Location:
Tilian Farm
4400 Pontiac Trail
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Contact:
Tom Cary / 517-230-7987 /

http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/ffs-registration.html

 

Akron, OH 

Friday, November 30, 2018 through Saturday, December 1, 2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Early career farmers interested in advancing their farm's earning potential will benefit from this two-day intensive workshop focused on enhancing the management plans of established operations to maximize soil fertility and yield. Session topics for larger scale sustainable farms will include: growing transplants efficiently; planting from transplants and direct seeding; weed control; meeting demands of distributors, institutions, stores, restaurants, and cooperatives; and picking, washing, packing, cooling, storing, and delivering your products to maximize efficiency and freshness.

Scaling up your farm business also requires moving beyond paper fliers, random Facebook ads, and coupon codes. You need a marketing strategy, and you need to know the why behind it. In this workshop, you'll learn the principles behind building an online marketing system that continuously attracts qualified leads, grows your customers, and increases sales. You'll also leave feeling confident in how to design creative marketing collateral that will build your farm's brand and grow your profits.

About the Speakers: Linda Halley has been an organic farmer since 1989. As a pioneer of the community supported agriculture (CSA) movement, she developed one of Wisconsin's premier CSAs, Harmony Valley Farm. She left Wisconsin to manage Fairview Gardens, a nonprofit, educational farm in California, and later, Gardens of Eagan, a 126 acre greenhouse and produce operation in Minnesota. Currently, Linda is general manager of Gwenyn Hill Organic Farm and Garden in Wisconsin, a diverse, peri-urban, 400 acre farm transitioning to certified organic production. In addition to farming, Linda is an organic farm inspector and has served in leadership positions at the Minnesota Food Association and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. Corinna Bench is the co-founder of Shared Legacy Farms, a 400 member certified organic CSA in northwest Ohio. Her farm grew its retention rate from 66 percent to 78 percent in one year after implementing an online branding content strategy. She is the founder of www.mydigitalfarmer.com and the CSA Marketing private Facebook group, offering free digital marketing training for CSA farmers.

Cost and Registration: $110 for OEFFA members, $130 for non-members. Price includes breakfast and lunch both days. Pre-registration is required by November 16 and space is limited to 35 participants. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/scalingup2018 or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Scaling Up Production and Marketing, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Mustard Seed Market & Café at Highland Square
867 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44303

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/scalingup2018

 

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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214

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